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Czech Republic: Changes to language support for migrant pupils (Unofficial translation)

Substantial changes are to be brought about in the Czech language support offered to migrant pupils at pre-schools and primary schools in the Czech Republic. This is due to a new governmental regulation, which comes into force on 1 September 2021.

Foreigners are now entitled to Czech language training within compulsory pre-school education in order to ensure a smooth transition to primary education. In kindergartens with a higher share of foreigners, language training groups will be set up for this purpose and these kindergartens will be financially supported to provide foreign children with language training for one hour per week.

In primary education, the concept of regionally designated schools supporting migrants will be continued, and their accessibility will be significantly enhanced (always at least one school in the administrative district of the municipality will be designated to provide the additional language support). Czech language training for migrant pupils will take place during school hours, with pupils being released from classes that overlap with language training. The scope of support will be a minimum of 100 and a maximum of 200 hours, according to individual outcomes of the indicative entrance test. The language training groups will be operating both in present and distance learning mode.

The Ministry of Education has developed and provided schools with the Curriculum of Czech as a Second Language for Pre-School and Primary Education, which sets out the expected outcomes of language training and includes the indicative entrance test, as well as a new methodology on provision of free language training in pre-school and primary education. This outlines exactly how the changes will be implemented.

The National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic has been designated to provide technical, methodological and consultative support to schools in implementing the changes.